Heritage Values and the Assessment of Significance

Course summary

Heritage Values and the Assessment of Significance


Significance is now a core concept within our planning process.  Its assessment is a key part of management and of development within the historic environment.  This course will introduce the process, show you what is involved in preparing assessments of significance, teach you how to read and judge such assessments, and explore the ways in which they can be used.  At the end, you should be convinced about the value of significance as a planning and management tool!


The course is open to all, but will be of particular interest to heritage asset managers and those providing advice to asset owners/managers; planners who have to consider and determine applications affecting heritage assets; historic environment professionals who wish to develop their skills in the assessment of significance and/or to improve their appreciation of good/reliable and unsatisfactory assessments; and architects, surveyors, planners, project managers and other practitioners who do not specialise in heritage, but who will benefit from an enhanced understanding of what is required from heritage assessments and how they can be used to guide change.

Programme details

WEDNESDAY 5 JULY 2017     

9.15am      Registration


9.45am      Introduction


10.10am    Definitions and Overarching Concepts


10.25am    Does Heritage Matter?


11.15am    Coffee/tea break


11.35am    Does Heritage Matter? [Completion of Session on Heritage Values]


11.50am     Assessments of significance - why, what and how?


12.30pm    Class exercise - establishing the scope of an assessment of significance (based around a case study of Golden Valley Mill, Bitton)


1.15pm     Lunch


2.00pm     Group working on case study - developing an assessment of significance


3.30pm     Coffee/tea break


3.50pm     Group working on case study - developing an assessment of significance [Continuation]


4.45pm     Public engagement issues relating to heritage assessments


5.30pm     Discussion of issues from the first day


6.00pm     Close


7.00pm     Dinner



9.00am       Review of groups' assessments


9.30am      Group exercise - critique of some heritage statement examples


11.00am     Coffee/tea break


11.20am    Resume of what has been learned


11.30am   Key issues to be considered in preparing assessments of significance


12.40pm   Settings and views (outside building as part of 'Key issues to be considered in preparing assessments of significance')


1.15pm     Lunch


2.00pm     Group working on a case study involving the setting of a designated asset and key views (All Saints Church, Highweek)


3.15pm     Coffee/tea break


3.45pm     Group working - using the assessment to develop principles to guide and manage change within the historic environment


5.00pm     Exercise and discussion on substantial harm


5.45pm     Close


7.00pm     Dinner



9.00am     Site visit to Bletchley Park


1.00pm     Lunch


1.45pm     Structured discussion on issues arising from site visit


2.45pm     Coffee/tea break


3.10pm     Impact assessments - intro and group working - using the 

assessment to measure predicted impacts on the historic environment


4.30pm    Discussion of outstanding issues from course


4.45pm    Course disperses



National Occupational Standards for Archaeology: Contributes to the Performance criteria and Knowledge and Understanding requirements for AC1 Research and analyse information to achieve objectives, and AD1 Characterise the archaeological resource and recommend action

National Occupational Standards for Town Planning/Conservation/Building Control: Contributes to the performance, knowledge and understanding requirements of: COSTPCBCB51.1 Identify and assess significant factors influencing the project proposals in conservation and building control; COSTPCBC56.1-B5.2 Analyse, research and report on historic and heritage assets in conservation; and COSBEDCL4O02 Provide ethical advice, judgement and service in planning, conservation and building control


Accommodation for this course is at Rewley House for Wednesday and Thursday nights only.


Depending on availability it may also be possible to extend your stay, please enquire at the time of booking for availability and prices.


All bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.



Tuition includes coffee/tea: £455.00
Baguette Lunch Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: £13.20
Dinner Wednesday & Thursday evenings: £36.50
Full Hot Lunch Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: £39.00
Single B&B Wednesday & Thursday nights: £145.20


Payment of fees must be made in full at the time of booking. Please note that businesses and organisations can be invoiced on provision of a Purchase Order and completed application form. These can be emailed to the CWHE Programme Administrator, email: professional.arch@conted.ox.ac.uk


Dr Stephen Bond

Course Director

Historic Environment Consultant and Director, Heritage Places; joint author of Managing Built Heritage

Mr Henry Russell

Course Co-Director

Director of the Programme in Conservation of the Historic Environment, Reading University


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